A leading Iranian cleric on Friday told the nation that US President George W. Bush is the standard-bearer of what he labeled a “Satanic” twist on Christianity that advocates helping the Jews to reclaim their biblical homeland.
In remarks carried by Iran's IRNA news agency, Ayatollah Mohammed Kashani said helping the Jews return to the Land of Israel violates the teachings of Jesus, but that some Christians believe that by bringing all the Jews to the area he calls “Palestine” they can hasten Messiah's return.
“They are after gathering the entire Jews of the world in Palestine [sic], which is definitely a move with political and Satanic roots, but the idea is put forth in the framework of an idea behind the hope for reappearance of Messiah,” Kashani preached.
The cleric insisted Bush is the primary proponent of that philosophy and policy, but noted with satisfaction that the president and his views are increasingly unpopular in America and the West.
In contrast to the Bush-led United States, Kashani stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a “divine world power.”